The Middle East and North Africa: Publications

Policy Brief

A return to Africa: Why North African states are looking south

Anthony Dworkin - 3 July, 2020

North African countries, each for their own reasons, are increasingly turning their attention towards sub-Saharan Africa.

Policy Brief

Reform from crisis: How Tunisia can use covid-19 as an opportunity

Thierry Brésillon and Hamza Meddeb - 24 June, 2020

The government must build on its response to the pandemic to create a compromise that shares the burden of reform between political actors and interest groups

Policy Brief

Reviving the revolutionaries: How Trump’s maximum pressure is shifting Iran’s domestic politics

Ellie Geranmayeh - 23 June, 2020

Europeans wish to persuade Iran to compromise on strategic issues – but, unless they understand the dynamics of domestic Iranian politics, they will not get far

Policy Brief

Bad company: How dark money threatens Sudan’s transition

Jean-Baptiste Gallopin - 9 June, 2020

The transition will only succeed if the government stabilises the economy and civilians work hard to tilt the balance of power away from the military.

Policy Brief

A new Gaza: Turkey’s border policy in northern Syria

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 28 May, 2020

EU member states can find ways to cooperate with Turkey to support stabilisation in parts of the safe zone, without violating their interests and core principle

Special

Deep sea rivals: Europe, Turkey, and new eastern Mediterranean conflict lines

Asli Aydıntaşbaş, Julien Barnes-Dacey, Cinzia Bianco, John V. Bowlus, Hugh Lovatt, Tarek Megerisi, Michaël Tanchum - 21 May, 2020

The eastern Mediterranean is becoming ever more perilous as geopolitical fault lines steadily enmesh the region. These rifts emerge from the Cyprus ‘frozen conflict’, competition for valuable gas fields, and the increasingly entangled wars in Libya and Syria.

Policy Brief

Society max: How Europe can help Syrians survive Assad and coronavirus

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 21 April, 2020

European governments should pivot to a strategy focused on protecting those societal forces that are still standing and that can help salvage a better future

Policy Brief

Digital stability: How technology can empower future generations in the Middle East

Manuel Langendorf - 24 March, 2020

Europeans must help construct the region’s digital infrastructure, to prevent China from popularising its internet governance model there.

Policy Brief

Demonstration effects: How the Hirak protest movement is reshaping Algerian politics

Amel Boubekeur - 27 February, 2020

The Hirak protest movement has revealed flaws in Algeria’s ruling system, which lacks the tools to reinvent itself

Policy Brief

A Gulf apart: How Europe can gain influence with the Gulf Cooperation Council

Cinzia Bianco - 25 February, 2020

Europeans can shift the balance of power in the Gulf in their favour by approaching the Gulf through flexible new frameworks